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BIM – GIS integration for Asset Management

Management and maintenance of real estate assets: the advantages of BIM-GIS integration

Connecting GIS data with BIM models for geolocating assets, buildings, and interventions enables a comprehensive and innovative management of public and private real estate assets. Here’s a simple and intuitive solution.

The digitization of real estate assets opens up new and exciting opportunities. Thanks to the integrated use of BIM and GIS, having a detailed inventory of real estate and the exact location of each component allows for comprehensive and secure asset management.

On one hand, BIM enables the development of highly detailed information models of buildings. On the other hand, GIS allows for management and analysis through a global spatial reference system.

The key advantage of integrating BIM and GIS lies in their ability to manage assets from the macro-territorial scale to the micro-scale of individual building components or systems. With the availability of innovative digital technologies and big data, the BIM-GIS interoperability can also be used to optimize the management of large real estate assets, especially during the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) phase.

Digitization of existing real estate assets

Another critical aspect, especially in Italy, is that real estate assets are complex to manage because they consist of scattered buildings often constructed in different eras, with a variety of construction technologies that make them highly heterogeneous. This complexity is exacerbated by management systems that are often still document-based, organized in fragmented and difficult-to-access databases, resulting in incomplete and asymmetrical information and ineffective decision-making, especially during the O&M phase.

The O&M phase is undoubtedly the most expensive part of the asset lifecycle. If assets are inadequately managed, they can lead to resource wastage and increased operational and maintenance costs for buildings.

To address these challenges, a transition from document-based to digital and collaborative approaches is necessary. This requires adopting information management systems along with data modeling protocols to ensure the availability of accurate information, at the right time, in the required format, throughout the asset’s lifecycle.

An innovative and comprehensive solution for managing real estate assets is ACCA’s BIM management system, which is scalable and configurable according to your needs, allowing you to optimize work on real estate assets through complete and integrated software.

Integrating BIM and GIS for real estate asset management and maintenance: The solution is usBIM

To efficiently manage real estate assets, it is essential to implement digital solutions that can centralize and automate key needs, such as floor plan management and geolocation.

Digitalizing technical drawings and plans in 3D in a timely manner is crucial to automatically obtain a georeferenced 3D digital model of a floor plan. You can use usBIM.planAI, a software that supports you in the transition from 2D drawings to 3D through Artificial Intelligence-based modeling.

Given the 3D digital model, to fully leverage the advantages of BIM-GIS integration, use usBIM.gis, a free application integrated into usBIM, to create GIS maps linked to BIM models. This will allow you to have all types of information influencing all stages of the project’s lifecycle on the digital twin of the asset, along with collaborative working functions for real-time communication and collaboration with the entire team.

To support Property & Facility Management activities, it is crucial to have a detailed understanding of the managed real estate assets. At this point, geolocating assets, buildings, and systems and linking them to 3D/BIM models becomes essential. For this purpose, usBIM.maint, a software that provides real-time updates on building and asset digital twins along with management and maintenance activities, is the perfect integration between facility management, CDE and BIM.

No matter if it’s public or private administrations, banks, insurance companies, healthcare facilities, schools, universities, religious institutions, or service, industrial, commercial, or tourist companies, usBIM is the solution to manage and maintain their real estate assets!